First Lady Hails Varsity’s Gender and Disability Mainstreaming Efforts

The First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to be mindful and responsive to the needs of people living with disabilities. She added that holistic development can only be achieved if both gender, regardless of physical orientation, are included in all aspects of public and private life.

First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta displays the JKUAT Disability Mainstreaming Policy during its launch. With her is Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Vice Chancellor

“It is disheartening that some members of our families are hidden away in order not to be seen or heard, instead of embracing them with love and understanding that they need,” She noted

The First Lady was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), where she presided over the launch of two policies on Gender Mainstreaming and Anti-Sexual Harassment.

She lauded the institution for taking a proactive role in gender and disability mainstreaming, through targeted affirmative action in student admission and staff employment.

Pupils from Kambui School for the Deaf perform a Scottish dance to mark this year’s Gender and Disability Week

Speaking at the same function, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga reported that the University plans to establish a Centre for Rehabilitation and Disability Prevention.
The Centre will be instrumental in disability prevention besides developing technologies, tools and knowledge to serve the needs of people living with disabilities.

A Section of the gathering during the ceremony

On his part, Mr. Isaack Manyonge, a disability mainstreaming consultant with National Council for Persons with Disabilities, lauded the Jubilee government for impressive budget allocation, which he said, would positively impact the plight of the disabled.
“The nomination of Ms. Josephta Mukobe to the position of Principal Secretary is further pointer that the government is keen on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in Kenya,” noted Manyonge.

The event ceremony was also addressed by Nominated MP Hon. Mwaura Maigua, Director, Gender and Mentoring Centre Dr Johnson Kinyua among the guests.

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